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The white tee, part of a balanced diet

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Reading Time: 7 minutesSo, Summer is here and you want to get your rebel on. Not the Billy Idol sneer and peroxided mullet, but more of a rebel with no discernible cause. 50’s style James Dean is more the ticket, ladykiller and generally too cool for school. The white t-shirt is like the yin to the denim yang, and you already have the…

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Feelgood fashion, even more genuinely so

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Reading Time: 5 minutesWhile on our usual Saturday morning trip to town this week, I joined WDG in visiting the new local ethical clothes shop. Ethical clothes shop? Sounds really lame and hippie-like, right? I could have come up with a more enticing and juicy description instead of  a really poor, though short, description, so your derision is entirely my fault. Something along the…

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So, you'd like to sew your own clothes?

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Reading Time: 9 minutesI’ve been asked occasionally for tips on how to get started sewing your own clothes, so I thought I’d do a quick post offering some suggestions on patterns worth getting. I consider patterns to be essential for the beginner, as the combination of good instructions and properly laid out patterns are a hard deal to better, unless you really know…

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There’s something about vintage Pendleton shirts…

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Reading Time: 8 minutesThrough Instagram I recently came to notice a new avenue of interest. Not that I needed one, mind you, as with a mind as brimming with curiosity as mine is, I don’t need further avenues to explore! This time though it was wool shirts that caught my eye, and not new ones either. We’re talking vintage wool shirts, from the 1930’s…

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Re-fitting your shirt made easy

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Reading Time: 8 minutesA visit from my youngest son finally gave me the push I needed to do a write-up on ill-fitting shirts and a fairly easy remedy for it. All you need is either some very basic skills with a sewing machine, a little time and patience, and a shirt that is too large of body. There are a few measurements a…

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How about some alternative fabrics?

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Reading Time: 8 minutesCotton shirt, cotton boxers, cotton denim, cotton t-shirt, and let me bless your little cotton socks as well. Cotton everywhere, cotton all over and cotton everything. Is cotton the be all and end all, the perfect fabric for all uses? I’ve mentioned a few times how cotton is a huge environmental problem and that you should, whenever possible and practical,…

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Robert Owen, the undershirt solution

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Reading Time: 8 minutesSometimes in life you’re not aware that you have a problem until one day someone offers you a solution. This is one of those times. Out of the blue I received an email from Robert Kay, owner of new menswear brand Robert Owen. He wrote to let me know about his new venture, undershirts for gentlemen. Now, much as I’m…

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Style: Summer attire part 1, a few of my personal recommendations

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Reading Time: 7 minutesSummer has finally arrived most places. At least according to the calendar. Around here we’re still short a few degrees to make it truly pleasant, but that hasn’t stopped most guys from getting out their summer wardrobe. This is the season where sartorial inelegance meets hairy white flesh in an uneasy mix that will make you want to study the…

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Waistcoat Wednesday: ARN Mercantile, let’s play shop!

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Reading Time: 3 minutesA sunny, but surprisingly windy, Wednesday and I’m back with another waistcoat in celebration of the now obligatory Waistcoat Wednesday. This weeks cheeky little number is a canvas shop waistcoat from ARN Mercantile, the family business I’ve previously written about in my series of labels to watch. ARN are very passionate about what they do, how it’s done, the materials…

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Waistcoat Wednesday: Nigel Cabourn, not for the shy

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Reading Time: 4 minutesQuite a special waistcoat this week. One I’ve had for a while, but not really been confident to wear until now. Bought it a size too small by mistake, and only thanks to losing weight I can now get properly into it. A very distinctive waistcoat, courtesy of Nigel Cabourn. Three different colours, in quality Madras checked linen, again based…

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